Experience in the delivery of an engineering capstone design course for Associate Degree program at the University of Southern Queensland

Somasundaraswaran, Kathirgamalingam (2016) Experience in the delivery of an engineering capstone design course for Associate Degree program at the University of Southern Queensland. Asia Pacific Journal of Contemporary Education and Communication Technology, 2 (3). pp. 64-73. ISSN 2205-6181


The objective of this paper is to describe the delivery of the engineering technology level capstone design course at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) where on campus students had a chance to effectively engage with external students in a blended mode of delivery. The resources supplied from online sources, together with a well-designed assessment criteria of this course, helped to engage students in effective participation. The experiences in delivery gained when offering this AD capstone project in 2015 were used as scenarios to highlight the pros and cons of this blended mode of delivery. The results from selected projects show that these projects helped students to enhance their ability to optimise construction tasks including: proposing cost effective labour materials, designing and constructing reinforced concrete and masonry structure and comparing the probable output from using unit cost and productivity estimations. In addition, students have also used their enhanced design knowledge and drafting techniques learned from this degree program to professionally complete the project. However, maintaining the spirit of teams and continuous communication, and access to data resources were identified to be challenging for students in this course. Alternatively, this blended learning model has positively influences to increasing learning outcomes by helping students in various ways to undertake wide-ranging tasks. In particular, less experienced students have been able to expand their skill set, knowledge and competencies from working alongside experienced students who are already working for the industry. This paper would be useful for academics considering a similar course with blended interaction.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2017 03:43
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2017 23:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: capstone project; blended course management; team project
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32677

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